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WASHINGTON, DC — Planned Parenthood Action Fund today welcomed Lincoln Chafee to the 2016 presidential field. The Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Statement from Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

Throughout his career, Lincoln Chafee has been a supporter of women making their own personal medical decisions, a view shared by the majority of Americans. As governor of Rhode Island, Chafee stood up for women’s health and rights, vetoing legislation that would violate the separation of church and state by funding an organization that works to limit a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion.

“Chafee’s belief that politicians should not interfere with a woman’s personal health care decisions is in stark contrast to the numerous GOP presidential contenders so far who are in a race to the bottom on women’s health. We welcome Chafee as another champion for women’s health to the presidential field.”

About Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

Planned Parenthood affiliates provide health care to 2.7 million patients every year — including lifesaving cancer screenings, preventive health care, birth control, and abortion services. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading women’s health provider and advocate. Planned Parenthood Action Fund works to ensure that people continue to have access to those health care and education services — by advocating for laws and policies that protect women’s health, and educating voters about how candidates’ positions would affect women’s health.